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Warriors NBA Finals title window wide open with youth experience

BOSTON. Steph Curry will turn 35 in March. Clay Thompson will turn 33 in February, and Draymond Green, who will turn 33, will join him a month later. With all that said, after the Warriors just won their fourth championship in eight seasons, the Golden State title window is far from closed.

It is wide open.

Many believed that the dynasty ended many years ago. Think again. They’re taking the San Antonio Spurs’ model of sustained success to whole new heights.

Jordan Poole, the newly minted “Splash’s Nephew,” went from an NBA draft pick and underdog in the first two years of his career to the perfect stand-up supporter for the Warriors’ offense. The era of Steph Curry. The 22-year-old scored 15 huge points off the bench in the Warriors’ decisive NBA Finals win. As the Warriors went on a historic 21-0 streak after trailing 14-2 Thursday night at the TD Garden, Poole scored 11 points in that time and made three three-pointers.

In his first playoff experience, he averaged 17.0 points per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range.

“A couple of years ago people tried to write us off saying the dynasty was over and people tried to write me off personally,” Poole said after becoming champion. “But if you believe in yourself – for all who listen: if you have your back against the wall and you believe in yourself and you think it’s possible, hold on to it no matter what, no matter the noise, don’t let anyone talk”. you can’t.

“As cliche as it sounds, it’s a fact.”

Poole is now a veteran of the recent Warriors draft picks. He is followed by James Wiseman (21), Moses Moody (20) and Jonathan Cuminga (19).

Wiseman was stuck on the bench during the playoffs as he continued to recover from a knee injury that kept him off the field for the entire 2021–22 season. But the Warriors organization still has a lot of faith in the young 7-footer. There just aren’t many players with his brute skills and athleticism of this size, and throughout the postseason he was seen working to hopefully return to the NBA Summer League.

Then there’s Cuminga and Moody, the Warriors’ two lottery picks a year ago. Kuminga is already one of the best athletes in the league, if not the best. His potential is limitless, and that makes up for the fact that he’s still learning the ins and outs of the game.

Moody doesn’t have the athletic ceiling of Cuminga, but he does show veteran poise and a basketball IQ. When given chances as a rookie, he proved to be the perfect guy and never shied away from the hustle and bustle of fighting for loose balls. He’s a winning player who’s been praised by veterans all season for his hard work.

These two were sidelined in the final. However, Steve Kerr wasn’t afraid to call Cuminga early in the postseason, and Moody became an important part of the Western Conference Finals rotation. Wiseman, Cuminga and Moody see what it takes to be a champion among Warriors all-stars and veterans – it’s extremely invaluable.

“They’re excited,” Poole said with a smile when asked about the Warriors’ rookies. “These guys can get the ring in the first year, which is the hardest achievement in a career. They got it in the first year and played a huge role.

“Moses came in and he played well in the playoffs. JK did well in the playoffs and into the season. That’s what I mean, people were ready to step up. We have guys who want to seize this moment.

“I’m going to throw myself into a group with young guys right now. This is just the beginning. We are very hungry, and now we have felt what it is at a very early age, and very early in our career. I’m very happy for them and they love it all.”

Pool is expected to receive a contract worth $100 million or more in the upcoming offseason. The Warriors should re-sign center Kevon Looney and defenseman Gary Payton II after showing how indispensable they are this season and Andrew Wiggins, who averaged 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in the Finals while blocking Jason Tatuma becomes unrestricted free after next season and will likely ask for a maximum contract.

That’s not even counting the high-priced Curry, Thompson and Green futures.

The Warriors’ future salary is about to hit a number we’ve never seen before. Here’s the solution: Winning heals everything. That’s all that matters to the “big three” Warriors, and that mindset is ingrained in the youth. That’s all that matters for Kerr, who is now a nine-time champion between coaching and playing. While he has avoided throwing money left and right in years past, owner Joe Lacob’s competitiveness should only help the Warriors keep the deal going for years to come.

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“I’m not sure,” Greene said when asked about the longevity of the Warriors continuing their dynasty. “I don’t like putting numbers up and saying, ‘Oh man, we can get five or we can get six. We’re going to get them until the wheels fall off.

“And that’s our goal: to compete at this level every year.”

The Warriors are built on the perfect blend of competition and joy. They did the unthinkable by winning with two time frames in the present and the future, becoming the first team to go from the worst record in the NBA to the championship two years later. Prior to 2015, the franchise had not won a single title in 40 years.

Curry, Thompson and Green are now four-time champions. They’ll be celebrating Monday at the championship parade, and the next wave of warriors looks set to continue the party.

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